Oakland coach Ben Tapscott, along with seven retired professional athletes and five community leaders, will be inducted into the Multi- Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame at its Annual Bay Area ceremony Saturday, March 31 the Waterfront Hotel, #10 Washington St. in Oakland.
The event starts at 6 p.m. with a reception. The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.
Tapscott became the first African American head basketball coach in the Oakland Unified School District in 1968 when 800 McClymonds High School students in West Oakland demonstrated outside the principals’ office.
While coaching at MaClymonds, his team always finished in the top four of the tough Oakland Athletic League.
He was a founding member in 1968 of the McClymonds Invitational Track and Field Relays, and in 1969 he was a founding member of the McClymonds Christmas Basketball Tournament at Cal State Hayward. Also in 1969, he and William “Bill” Patterson, as Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Commissioners, traveled to Bakersfield to honor Lee Evans and John Carlos after the ’68 Summer Olympics held in Mexico.
Tapscott graduated from Edison High School in Fresno and Fresno State University. He later earned a master’s degree. In 1963, he was hired by the Oakland school district and began his teaching career at McClymonds High School.
For information on the Mult-Ethnic Hall of Fame celebration, call (510) 836-3800. Tickets are $75 and $100 and can be purchased at www.afrosportshall.com